Artist Spotlight: Gustave Caillebotte



A few weeks ago, I featured one of my favorite digital artist/designers Alexia Sinclair and received a great response from you guys! Thank you! 

So, I've decided to feature another one of my favorites: Gustave Caillebotte. This is taking a 180 degree turn from Alexia's work and moving towards Impressionism in Paris. 

Never heard of Gustave Caillebotte? I hadn't either until that crazy Art History I took sophomore year of college. And let's face it, I picked him off the list because he had the most French sounding name. It ended up being a really lucky pick because his Parquet Planers [top] is one of my favorite paintings of all time. ALL TIME. It's even better than when that girl told her lover to paint her like one of her girls. I fell in love with it when I found it, and still open up my book 'o Gustave (that's what I call Gustave Caillebotte: Urban Impressionist by Anne Distel) to stare it every once in a while.

I'm pretty sure you may be having this weird feeling like you've seen Paris Street, Rainy Day [middle, right] before and you probably have. I believe it still makes it home at the Art Institute of Chicago. 

The rest of the featured pieces are lesser-known but are ones that I really love. They are:

TOP: The Parquet Planers, 1875 
MIDDLE TOP LEFT: Woman at a Dressing Table, 1873
MIDDLE BOTTOM LEFT: Luncheon, 1876
MIDDLE RIGHT: Paris, a Rainy Day, 1877
BOTTOM LEFT: Le Pont de L'Europe, 1881-2
BOTTOM RIGHT: Young Man Playing the Piano, 1876

My favorite part of Gustave's work is the fact that the people are doing something. It's kind of like you get a window into Paris in the 1870's/80's. I just love it.

What do you think? Do you like it? Hate it? Want more? Let me know in the comments!

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